Finca Rosa Blanca: About

Located in Greater San José, Costa Rica

In the hills above bustling San José, amid bright bromeliads and trees festooned with epiphytes, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is a welcome retreat where art and nature meet haute cuisine. Around every corner there’s a whimsy or wonder that is uniquely Costa Rican: a mural of tropical blooms, a waterfall tumbling amid lush vegetation, a cacophony of birdsong, an incredible cup of coffee. Exploring the grounds is like visiting an outdoor museum, where everything down to the recycling bins is a work of art. But the goosebump-inducing moments happen at the acclaimed bar and restaurant, set on terraces with breath-catching views of the volcano-ringed Valle Central. It’s here that a Cordon Bleu-trained chef dishes up exquisite fare that will take you beyond your wildest Costa Rican culinary dreams.

Highlights

  • Dine on world-class Latin-fusion cuisine with incredible views of the surrounding volcanoes, and post up at the kitchen counter for a tasting menu with wine pairings.
  • Stroll among fruit trees at the shade-grown coffee farm, and learn how beans are processed on site with a naturalist; then enjoy a "cupping," or coffee tasting.
  • Enjoy a soak in the hot tub or under the pool waterfall, taking in the tropical tranquility of the lush gardens.
  • Happen upon art at every turn, from whimsical sculptures and colorful murals to traditional crafts and textiles.
  • Indulge in a coffee and chocolate scrub—or a host of other spa treatments—at the on-site wellness retreat.

Why We Love This Lodge

It takes a vivid imagination to see a muddy motocross field near a busy city and envision a lush paradise. Sylvia Jampol had that vision, and set out back in the 1980s to build a house and revive this patch of the highlands. When a 30-acre plot next door went on the market, she snatched it up to protect it from development, and instead established an organic coffee plantation where birds and bananas play a part in a successful crop.

Along with exceptional coffee and about 7,000 trees, Sylvia brought a sense of community to this land, hiring exclusively from the area and developing relationships with schools and residents in the surrounding villages. They filled Finca Rosa Blanca with art and joy and a distinctly Costa Rican spirit, and the result is an enchanting retreat where you will want to stay longer than you had planned.

Lodge Features

  • 14 suites, each individually decorated with local art and textiles
  • An acclaimed restaurant, El Tigre Vestido, with an open-air bar, terraces, and cozy indoor dining area
  • Swimming pool with hot tub and waterfall
  • Lounge stocked with board games
  • Library
  • Gift shop that sells local arts and crafts and foodstuff produced on site
  • Wellness retreat offering a range of spa services
  • Business center
  • Nature trails
  • Free Wi-fi throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Finca Rosa Blanca, National Geographic guests are invited to participate in an in-depth coffee roasting experience with our on-site coffee expert. Discover the intricacies of attaining a perfect roast with our master roaster and then learn to cup coffee with an expert to understand the subtleties of a fine coffee bean. This experience is offered in conjunction with a tour of the coffee farm.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Fodor's, Best Hotels in Mexico & Central America, 2019
  • Condé Nast Traveler, The Gold List: Best Small Hotel in Central America, 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler, The Gold List: Top 10 Best Small Hotels in the World, 2014
  • Fodor’s, Best Food & Wine Trips, 2013
  • Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism: Consistently earns highest certificate level (5) and a score of 100%, 1998-2017

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